Despite reports of the booming job market, many workers are still struggling and have economic fears moving into the new year. According to one source, half of U.S. workers haven’t received a pay boost of any kind in the past year. That includes getting a salary increase, taking a new job, or getting a promotion with better pay. Of those individuals who saw higher pay, 28% say it was due to a pay raise and 12% found a better paying job. Average hourly earnings went up 3.1% in 2019. … [Read more...] about Money on the Mind: Data Speaks Volumes about Salary Realities and Expectations
Trends in the Industry
A new employer survey shows that competition for good workers has led to loosened dress codes; but some lines can’t be crossed. In a new survey, 91% of managers say that their organizations have eased various workplace behavioral and dress standards, but they also indicate that using foul language (54%), bringing pets to the office (51%), and displaying political signs or messages (48%) are still considered unacceptable. Read on to learn about some popular—and eye-opening--trends and determine how you can ensure your organizational etiquette policies work for everyone. … [Read more...] about In Today’s Workplace: Ink Is Acceptable, Pets Prohibited
By getting ahead of industrywide trends and changes, you can plan for the workforce and resources necessary for success in the new decade. It’s that time of year. Experts get out their crystal balls and make prognostications for the future. While no one can really predict what’s to come, it’s worth considering these possible scenarios and their implications for your organization, your residents, and your staff. … [Read more...] about These Expert Predictions for 2020 Point to Challenges, Opportunities, and Some Big Surprises
A new study has some surprising news about how managers feel, suggesting that organizations should step up their game to keep top talent. While your managers generally have ambition and enthusiasm, they too often lack the skills, support, and resources they need to be effective. At the same time, glass ceilings and myopic thinking keep some talented, innovative people from climbing the ladder; instead, they’re walking out the door. These are the findings of a new study. … [Read more...] about Are You Holding Promising Leaders Down Instead of Lifting Them Up?
CHROs are making their lists, checking them twice, and strategizing for ways to maximize engagement, productivity in 2020. Moving into the new year, HR leaders will be focusing more than ever on driving business outcomes. Their top priorities include building critical skills and competencies, strengthening current and future leadership, incorporating organizational design and change management, driving digital transformation, and enhancing employee experience. Yet, according to a new survey, only 9% of chief HR officers (CHROs) say they are prepared for the future of work. At the same time, nearly half (46%) report their employees lack the necessary skills to drive future performance. To address these challenges, CHROs will need to partner with business leaders to establish a way to balance emerging, existing, and traditional skill sets. They also will … [Read more...] about Looking Ahead, Digital Transformation, Skills/Leadership Gaps, Worker Satisfaction Are Key HR Challenges
Many people think the flu is no big deal; but, in fact, it’s deadly and dangerous. Take time now to promote the importance of flu shots to your employees. December 1-7 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Your employees, even those who have limited or no contact with residents, may think that they don’t really need a flu shot. But the truth is that if they don’t get vaccinated, they could be putting themselves and others at serious risk. The flu is more than a minor inconvenience. It can worsen chronic illnesses, such as lung or heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. At the same time, studies have documented an increased risk of heart attack and stroke in the first few days following the flu. Influenza can be deadly for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for adults age 50 and older who often have one or more chronic health conditions. … [Read more...] about Use Influenza Vaccination Week to Keep Workers, Residents Safe
From artificial intelligence in management to more boomers and politics in the workplace, the new year holds old, new, and unexpected challenges and opportunities for employers. As the global economy shows signs of slowing and trade wars affect manufacturing and other fields, there may be new opportunities to attract and keep good workers in 2020. However, this will require some new directions, innovative hiring solutions, and a more focused use of technology. A new report details some top trends for the new year and how you can get ahead of them. … [Read more...] about Get Ready: Big Workforce Surprises in Store for 2020
Consider trends and demographics to plan the perfect high-tech, highly personalized workspace in the new year. A new year often means an influx of high-tech and other innovations. But before you invest in change, take stock of the demographics facing your workplace and what technology and resources your employees want and need. While you can expect a wave of millennials who expect a cutting-edge workspace, you also will have more older employees putting off retirement and preferring the status quo. Read on to learn more about 2020 workplace demographics and what technology and tools will satisfy all of your workers, maximize productivity, and enhance your brand. … [Read more...] about What Is Your 2020 Vision?
Especially if your workers are younger, they may be looking for new jobs or even new fields in the coming year. What will you do to keep them? Even if you’ve crafted, honed, and nurtured a strong staff that is running like a well-oiled machine, there’s no time to rest on your laurels. According to a new American Staffing Association (ASA) survey, nearly half (48%) of U.S. workers are likely to look for a new job in the next year; and 38% say they’re considering switching to a new industry or field altogether. … [Read more...] about Survey: Half of Your Staff May Be Planning to Jump Ship
A new study says many workers don’t get enough sleep, and that could spell real trouble; but you can take steps to keep them healthy and productive. Are your employees getting enough sleep? According to a new study, many of them aren’t. In fact, researchers found that the prevalence of “short sleep duration” (i.e., fewer than seven hours of sleep per night) in working adults is 35.6%. This lack of sleep is most commonly seen in several specific professions, including healthcare support occupations (45%). Read on for more information from this study and how sleep hygiene education can help your employees sleep--and work--better. … [Read more...] about From A to ZZZZ: Why Lack of Sleep Could Be a Nightmare for Your Employees, Company